Dr Bridie O’Donnell was this week appointed as Head of Victoria’s first Office for Women in Sport.
Dr O’Donnell is a world-record breaking cyclist who took up full-time riding at age 35, quickly rising through the ranks to represent Australia at three World Championships. She then went on to manage and race in a top women’s national cycling team and is also a seven-time national rowing champion.
As a physician at Epworth HealthCare, Dr O’Donnell has employed her unique background in medicine and sport to empower and inspire female cancer patients to improve their health and wellbeing through motivational change and exercise.
The Victorian Minister for Sport the Hon John Eren said that Dr O’Donnell’s extensive experience in elite sport makes her the perfect leader to improve gender equality and make sure the next generation of women and girls are free to play on an equal field.
The office was created to implement the nine recommendations from the Inquiry into Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation and deliver initiatives that boost participation and create more leadership opportunities in sport for women.
Dr O’ Donnell said that while she is sad to leave Epworth, she is delighted to embrace the new challenge.
“After nearly five years at Epworth HealthCheck, I am thrilled at the chance to bring my experience and expertise from years working in health and competing in sport, as well as utilize my skills to work towards equality for girls and women across all roles in sport”